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National rating team strengthened with partner appointment

Published on: 5th September 2017 We have recently strengthened our national rating team with the appointment of Rob Cohen, who joins our Leeds office as a partner. Rob has 12 years’ experience specialising in the provision of rating advice for clients across the North of England. During this time he has been instrumental in saving clients over £25million on their business rates bills.

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Team SW fundraising for Buccleuch Property Challenge

Published on: 4th September 2017 A trio of property experts from our Newcastle and Teesside offices are fundraising for the Buccleuch Property Challenge, a six hour non-stop adventure race. The SW team for the event includes Graham Blenkarne, associate partner in our Teesside valuation team, commercial property agent in the North East, George Williams and Daniel Matthews, graduate surveyor in our Newcastle office. The event takes place this Friday (8th September) at the breath-taking Drumlanrig Castle on the Queensbury Estate in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

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September Deals Update

Published on: 1st September 2017 In August we were pleased to announce our appointment as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s National Estates Professional Services Framework. The four-year framework was awarded following a successful tender process, securing our position as one of only 12 firms on the national lot. Last month the government intervened in an attempt to speed up business rates relief for thousands of small businesses across the country and in Scotland the Barclay review into business rates provided a number of recommendations for business rates reform. During August it was also announced that the Valuation Office Agency were poised to cut a number of jobs despite thousands of outstanding appeals. You can read our response to the cuts by clicking here.

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Residential Update: Why do I need to provide a reference when renting?

Published on: 31st August 2017 When applying to rent a property you will be required to provide some basic details including your employer, income, previous address and bank account information. Why do I need to be referenced? Referencing is nothing to worry about, it just allows the landlord to be sure that their tenant will meet the monthly payments and take good care of the property.

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Recently refurbished office suites on the market in Middlesbrough

Published on: 30th August 2017 A number of office suites ranging in size from 200sq ft to 10,000sq ft are now available to let at the Tad Centre, Middlesbrough. The offices benefit from access to conference facilities for up to 200 people, meeting rooms, a large parking allocation and an onsite day nursery. Within walking distance of Middlesbrough Town Centre the offices are primely located to access the North East’s principle road networks.

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Crown Commercial Service

Published on: 29th August 2017 We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) National Estates Professional Services Framework. The four-year framework was awarded following a successful tender process, securing our position as lead contractor to the Regional Agent Partnership (RAP), which includes five other award winning property firms, for a second successive period.

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Prime development sites on the market in Teesside

Published on: 25th August 2017 We are pleased to bring two unique development opportunities to the market in Teesside. The first of the properties is the former Thornaby Fire Station which comprises of office premises and industrial/workshop accommodation. The 1.38 acres site claims a prominent roadside position in Thornaby and provides great access to Middlesbrough, Stockon-on-Tees and Darlington, with the A19 and A66 just a short distance away. Best and finals are expected for this property by no later than 12 noon on Friday 6th October. Please contact George Williams or Darren Naylor for more information.

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Barclay review into business rates is a step in the right direction for Scotland

Published on: 24th August 2017 In a report that has been keenly anticipated by the business rates sector, the Barclay review group published their Scottish business rates review earlier this week. The Barclay review group was created to provide recommendations on reforming the current business rates system in Scotland. The group is chaired by Ken Barclay, former banker at the Royal Bank of Scotland and met numerous times over the past few months to compile the report.

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Offers invited for hidden gem on the market in Newcastle City Centre

Published on: 23rd August 2017 Vine Lane School is a centrally located two storey property with opportunity to develop over the existing box office and yard to create a large new build development. The 6,189 sq ft property is within close proximity of both Northumbria and Newcastle University, the Civic Centre and Northumberland Street, the retail core of the city. We are now inviting offers for the development opportunity and ask that prospective purchasers submit their written offers by midday on Friday 29th September.

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